Dubai: Kings XI Punjab which is languishing at the bottom of the IPL points table will see it’s star opener Chris Gayle returning to the squad.
Gayle has recovered from stomach infection and is likely to play the upcoming match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The West Indian who was part of RCB earlier will lock horns with Virat & Co. at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 15, 2020.
The flamboyant left-hander was admitted to the hospital because of the stomach infection but has now recovered and is currently training with the team led by KL Rahul.
Gayle, who is yet to feature in the 2020 Dream11 Indian Premier League, was initially set to make his debut against Sunrisers Hyderabad, but couldn’t due to the illness.
The seasoned West Indian batsman had to skip the subsequent game against Kolkata Knight Riders due to the same stomach infection, but has now recovered and deemed fit to attend training sessions with the rest of the team.
The southpaw was the second highest run scorer for the franchise last season, and got four fifties in the tournament.
“Chris looks very much ready and is keen to get on to the park, he has been training really well and has looked really good in the nets,” batting coach Wasim Jaffer had mentioned to Kings XI Punjab a while back prior to the stomach infection, in an exclusive interview.
On Monday evening, Virat Kohli-led RCB crushed KKR by 82 runs and now have 10 points from seven games. Table toppers Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals are locked at 10 points each but due to better net run-rate, they are placed at first and second spots respectively.